September 20th, 2011
01:29 PM ET
Tareq Salahi, of "White House crash-gate" and "The Real Housewives of D.C.," is having a rough time. Not only did his wife Michaele leave him for Journey's Neal Schon, prompting Tareq to file for divorce, but soon after the couple's dog died.
TMZ reports that Tareq suspects the drama with Michaele may have caused it. Perhaps the poor pup died from a broken heart, the website proposes.
To make matters worse, Tareq is also allegedly getting photos of his estranged wife's lover's penis via email.
"That was the lewdest, most disgusting thing I had seen," he tells E!. "I didn't understand, why in the world would Neal Schon be sending us a picture of his penis to us at Oasis, our master account."
Tareq adds that he was "blindsided" by Michaele's decision to run off with Neal, describing his relationship with her as "unbeatable" and claiming that Michaele told him she would never date a rock star.
"Michaele used to always tell me that she would never want to date a rock star like Neal Schon, because of that lifestyle...there's always cheating...She always told me she never wanted to be associated with that...Michaele going on a tour bus with a rock band, that's what a groupie slut does."
Whatever she reportedly said in the past, she's apparently changed her mind now.
Schon himself tells the Daily Beast that his romance with Michaele is like "a fairy tale."
"I'm very happy, very happy after waiting for her for 15 years." (The Beast notes that Michaele dated both Neal and Tareq in the late '90s, and dated Neal first.) "Now I want to get beyond all this media hype Tareq is putting out there," Neal continues. "It's really quite embarrassing."
It seems the couple had been connecting via text messages, and had an intimate conversation during Journey's tour stop in Virginia in September, which both Michaele and Tareq attended. A little over a week following that Labor Day concert, Michaele says she made the decision to leave her marriage.
"Neal was like, 'are we going to do this forever?' And I said, 'No, we're not,'" Michaele tells the Daily Beast of her choice. "I began to see he really loved me. I had to begin to feel it completely - in my soul."
On the day that she left, she says she was "going crazy...because when you want to be with someone that bad, you start to go crazy," Michaele says. "He sent someone to come get me. I got on a plane by myself and I just went. I just walked away from everything."
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